Michael A. Scaperlanda


Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law
Professor of Law
B.A., University of Texas, 1981
J.D., University of Texas, 1984

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law with in 1984, Scaperlanda clerked for the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and practiced law for four years in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas. Since joining the University of Oklahoma College of Law faculty in 1989, he has served as Special Assistant to the University President, Faculty Fellow in the Norman Campus Provost's office, Associate Dean for Academics, Associate Director of the Law Center, Director of Legal Assistant Education, Associate Dean for Research, and as Chair of numerous committees including the University's Campus Tenure Committee, the College's elected executive committee, the College's Appointments Committee, the Law Library Director Search Committee, and the College's Self-Study Committee. Additionally, he has twice coordinated the University's self-study process, leading the University through continuing accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In recognition of his scholarly accomplishments, Professor Scaperlanda was named the Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law in 2000. His books include Immigration Law: A Primer and Recovering Self-Evident Truths: Catholic Perspectives on American Law, co-edited by OU law graduate, Professor Teresa Collett. Scaperlanda's articles have appeared in a number of journals, including the Connecticut Law Review, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Stanford Law and Policy Review, the Texas Law Review, the Texas Review of Law and Politics, and the Wisconsin Law Review.

Professor Scaperlanda's current public service commitments include serving as a member of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, as Vice Chair of the St. Gregory's University Board of Directors (where he serves on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Board's Committee on the Board), and as a Scholar Participant in the Hispanic Cultural Institute of Oklahoma City and Norman. He has also served as chair of the Association of American Law School's Immigration Law Section, as chair of the Law Teacher's Section of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association, and as a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Legal Ethics Committee.

At OU, Professor Scaperlanda teaches Constitutional Law, Immigration Law, a Jurisprudence seminar, and Professional Responsibility.